Monday, 15 September 2014

One Step Closer to Fall

I'd love to tell you that I did this on purpose, that the cool mornings and earlier sunsets had me thinking about fall and what's great about it. Truth is, I was looking for something completely unrelated and found a bag of apple tea that we'd bought in Istanbul quite a few years ago. Still smells kinda nice, but there's not that nice apple-y flavour to it. I've heard of people using tea in soaps, so I thought I'd give it a try. (By the way, settle in, you're going to hear all the gory details).

Oh I had such great visions of how this soap was going to look like; a clear layer studded with apple tea nestled in among two white layers so you could see the tea. I'd do up a nice fluffy top and sprinkle more tea bits to contrast against the whiteness and provide more exfoliating. I'd scent it with strawberry FO because strawberries and apples are a lovely blend. Who was I kidding? I've been spending way too much time on Facebook obviously staring at Maria Angeles Galan Thayer's page and thinking I could channel her.

I was trying to figure out how to make apples, and decided I'd use the heart moulds and put little leaves on top to make it look like apples. All it does it look like strawberries without seeds. The leaves themselves were enough to make me pull my hair out.

Next problem, the bits of apple tea were supposed to float in the clear layer, not colour it a dark brown. The only thing that worked in my favour was remembering what others had said about pouring subsequent layers much later - rough up the dried layer with a fork and spray liberally with rubbing alcohol. So at least my layers stayed together.

Making a fluffy top has never been my forte, and it wasn't until I tried putting in the first couple of embeds that I realized the soap was a little hard to push them in. I ended up losing one or both leaves off each "apple". I had to use a spoon to make an indentation into the soap to get the embeds in.

This soap was supposed to be called "Apple Crisp" or "Autumn Clean" or something like that, but I'm thinking of changing that to "How to Start Drinking if You Aren't Already." Truth in advertising after all.

In the loaf mould. Looks like synchronized swimmers getting ready to dive.

See how some have leaves and some don't? And they're kinda angled. Hmm, maybe they've been dipping into the schnapps.

Cut products, one with leaves, one without.

The end result? Looks like white cake with a chocolate layer (mmmm, chocolate), which would be great if that was the goal I was going for.

Hope you all have a lovely week ahead and enjoy the final days of summer. I know I will.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Slow Transition

It's getting cooler in the mornings now, the sun isn't up as early, so I'm having a harder time getting up in the mornings. That said, the days are still nice and sunny, so I'm still able to wear shorts to work. What does that have to do with the soap I've made for this week? Absolutely nothing, but you know me, I tend to ramble.

I'm calling this one Fall on the Beach. Once again, I had a brain fart while making this and in my infinite wisdom, used the low sweat MP for the clear layer. This of course, made for a more cloudy appearance than I had originally wanted, but it does make for a more fall like appearance. Scented with Morning Rain FO.

I figure lots of starfish lose a limb, why not this one.

But you can see from the profile that I did have good intentions to make a sand and sky line.

As an added bonus, here's one I was going to call Rocky Road Bar. I think I should've cut the embeds up smaller, or put it into a bigger soap because right now, it looks more like the Horta.

Have a great week!

Monday, 1 September 2014

I'm Dreaming of a

Getaway to some tropical island.

While my sister was visiting, we hit the thrift stores as we always do. I managed to find two bags with 3 moulds each for $2.99. Score! This flower is one of the moulds in there, and I put it on a mini muffin silicone mould I had bought for half price. Don't you love a good deal?

I was going to do a swirl effect with the flower, but it didn't work out the way I planned so I went with it and poured a soft pink on the bottom and then topped the rest of the mould with the remaining oatmeal infused white base.

Hindsight being 20/20, I should've scented this one with something flowery. Well there's always next time right? Maybe something jasmine-y or the white ginger and amber cybilla FO, what do you think?

Maybe I can run fishing wire through about 6 of these and make a soap lei.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Fairy Autumn

I'm still not willing to admit we're heading into the tail end of summer. Nope, not me, I don't care if the fair is on and that signals that September is around the corner. I'm sticking my head in the sand until I can't deny it any further.

I will however, admit that somewhere, in another universe, the leaves are changing colours and falling, and they fall into a gently flowing river that gathers them up into a bouquet to be used to brighten up a dark day.

Scented with black raspberry vanilla

Title:  Leaves in Flower

Back side. Maybe it should be the front.

Oatmeal infused bottom

Anyone else have momentary lapses of sanity where they write sentences straight out of bad romance novels? (Not that I'd know anything about those).

Monday, 11 August 2014

Mixing it up

I was looking at Cee's post on her bubble bath cupcakes, which was a bath bomb on the bottom and bath melt on top. It made me wonder what else you could mix together in terms of soaps.

Having some bath fizzes laying around, I decided to try putting into regular soap. I had to really watch the temperature of the soap since I didn't want it liquid-y enough to start the fizzing process (no idea if it would or not, but I didn't want the neighbours to hear me cursing if it did) so the soap ended up being almost like a jelly when I poured it.

I'm not sure how it will work out; I'm hoping that if used in a bath, the fizzies will fizz and leave the indentation behind in the soap, which would be kinda cool.

The back actually looks better than the front.

What new techniques are you currently working on? Have a great week!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Opposites don't necessarily attract

I'd thought of calling this soap Two Face (aka Harvey Dent for those of you who like Batman) but then I realized, it's more like Four Face, so scratch that idea.

In yet another attempt to contrast and compare, I chose colours that I thought would compliment one another. Or maybe those back to school ads are starting to get to me and I'm choosing school colours. :P


to back

It's not clear from the picture but the purple and ivory are actually at different points. I layered the purple, and poured a thin layer of clear honey base, let it set, and then added the ivory piece and finished it all off with another thin layer of honey base. This soap has a blend of scents, from Bordeaux Blend to champagne, and of course a hint of honey, which should make for an interesting shower.

Monday, 28 July 2014

A continuation of contrasts

I liked the idea of contrast so much I decided to do some more and this time try and get a brighter background.
I know, dragonflies are much brighter than this, but I really wanted a contrast.

And my sister-in-law asked me to make her some wine guest soaps for her shop.

Scented with BB's Bordeaux Blend

Short and sweet for a change. Hope everyone had a great weekend.